Creating A Modern Farmhouse Kitchen with Vintage Treasures

Welcome to my first edition of decorating with the Farmhouse Hens. Today the Hens are focusing on the kitchen and I am sharing my version of a modern farm house kitchen along with how I incorporate my vintage treasures. Make sure you click around and visit my talented friends to be inspired by their fabulous kitchens. My friend was telling me that they based their entire farmhouse kitchen off of best rated touch kitchen faucets and I think their kitchen came out great!

How to Create a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve more than likely noticed that the country farmhouse look is extremely popular right now. I have been able to take some inspiration from Pinterest and create my own version of a modern farmhouse kitchen.

Creating a modern farmhouse kitchen with chickens

What I truly love about the farmhouse look is that there are so many textures and layers that can be inexpensively added (or removed) when your are tired of the farmhouse vibe. My friend recommended for me to check out Product Expert to see which kitchen products I should buy next. I quite fancy an air fryer. Also, a little vintage farmhouse charm goes a long way and you can incorporate family treasures into your decor.

Using vintage chippy treasures to create a modern farmhouse kitchen

Yes, you can shop the big chain stores and find reproduced farmhouse knock-0ff pieces but it’s so much more fun to have a story behind your unique home decor. I think every modern farmhouse kitchen needs to have a fun and funky flea market find, barn sale treasure or a roadside score. I am a flea market junkie so used, chippy, well-worn and repurposed “junk” is right up my alley.

Neutral Paint Palette

Creating a modern farmhouse kitchen using a neutral paint palete

By far the least expensive change with the biggest impact in my kitchen is using a neutral color palette {grey, white and black} with small pops of color {aqua, green and red}. My kitchen used to be green and now it is Gentle Rain from Behr Paint at Home Depot. I love this paint color because it doesn’t have blue undertones and it goes perfectly with every color used in my house.

Chicken Wire and Chippy Paint

Creating a modern farmhouse kitchen by adding chicken wire and chippy paint treasures.

Nothing says country farmhouse like chicken wire and chippy paint. Such a small touch of texture that makes me want my own chickens and fresh eggs. This old window pane was missing glass so I updated it with some chicken wire and now it holds our favorite family recipes along with pictures from some really great eating experiences.

Weathered Wood

Creating a modern farmhouse kitchen using weathered wood and signs

Weathered wood has just the right amount of distress to make me think of an old rickety barn. This sign was made out of a leftover pallet used in our garden and some paslode collated nails. I free-handed the sentiment with some chalk paint because I wanted it to look handmade and distressed.

Cutting Boards and Wire Baskets

farmhouse kitchen cutting boards

Cutting Boards and wire baskets bring me back to a time when growing, gathering and canning fresh garden veggies were easier than going to the grocery store. Most of these cutting boards were from my Aunt’s kitchen and I love the memories associated with them. This vintage wire bicycle basket makes the perfect storage display for my cutting board collection.

Farmhouse Lighting

Creating a modern farmhouse kitchen with nontraditional light fixtures.

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and bring something nontraditional into your modern farmhouse kitchen. This green enamel light truly came from a farm {rust spots and all} and was originally used outside on a barn. It was the perfect size to hang above my round kitchen table so I repurposed it as a kitchen light and it is definitely a great conversation piece.

Organized Pantry

farmhouse kitchen pantry

Since my kitchen is fairly small with limited counter space, I have learned a well organized pantry and menu plan keep this kitchen running smoothly. I made this memo board so my family can easily scribble a note when we are out of something in the pantry. I used my homemade chalk paint recipe to get that beautiful aqua color.

It doesn’t take a full blown kitchen remodel to make an subtle impact and these are some quick and easy updates you can do to create a modern farmhouse kitchen on a budget.

As I said earlier, this is my first post with the Farmhouse Hens and I encourage you to hop around and visit their kitchens for some creative inspiration.

Easy Farmhouse Kitchen Wall Hanger by Sam @ Raggedy Bits

Farmhouse Kitchen Project by Tarah @ Grandma’s House DIY

DIY Farmhouse Kitchen Sign by Michelle @ Our Crafty Mom

Farmhouse Kitchen Decor Ideas @ Faeries & Fauna Craft Co.

Creating a Modern Farmhouse Kitchen with Vintage Treasures from Denise @ My Thrifty House

Modern Farmhouse Kitchen


  1. Janine says:

    What a great blog post! I love your collection of your aunt’s cutting boards. The bike basket is so fun too. I will have to make my home a little more farmhouse styled so it can be more trendy! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Denise Bryant says:

      Thanks Janine and thank you for participating in the link party. Love your kitchen chalkboard tip.

  2. Sarah says:

    Denise, I don’t even know where to start with my list of things that I love about your farmhouse kitchen! It’s all so cute – and I especially love that your items have a story…I love old things that have a story. 😉
    Your arrow made from your old bench is perfect, the bike basket corralling your cutting boards is genius (and the little chalkboard sign hanging on it made me giggle). I love your hand lettered sign – it’s so vintage-y cute…and that farmhouse light? Swoon. Like I said, I love your whole kitchen….and I especially love that we have similar (if not identical) cup pulls on our kitchen drawers! (great minds…) 😉

    • Sarah says:

      Also…I should apparently not write comments on blog posts at midnight…I can’t seem to stop saying “love”. Which I don’t love. And I’m sure is not lovely to read. Love. Love. Goodness…..I better go to bed! Lol! 😀 G’night…

    • Denise Bryant says:

      Sarah you are too funny and so sweet. I really appreciate your support and love what you have contributed tot he link party. Your kitchen updates are amazing and I will be implementing that painted dishwasher technique.

  3. Kim says:

    Denise, the bike basket!!!! I can’t even. It’s so adorable… I love all these ideas, they’re so unique and gorgeous. Thanks so much for putting together this round up!

  4. Toni says:

    Denise, there are so many great details in your kitchen that I love love love. The basket for the cutting boards, the chicken wire message board, and the market signs. It all looks so fabulous!

  5. Katrin says:

    Such a fun kitchen, I love it! I love the farmhouse vibe with all the little extras here and there! The weathered wood sign is awesome! Thanks so much for stopping by and linking up at Sweet Inspiration #1!!! Hope to see you back next week!

    • Denise Bryant says:

      Thank you so much. I did send an email to Kari because I was linking on my phone and accidently changed the graphic as I hit submit and now my link is showing up with the ever so lovely generic person graphic. If someone will delete it I am happy to relink. Ugh.

  6. Pili says:

    Your kitchen is lovely, Denise. I really love that bike basket and the arrow, so cool.

    Thanks for sharing it with us at #sweetinspiration, Keri told me about the link to delete and I did it.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Sam @ Raggedy Bits says:

    Your kitchen is so lovely! I bet lots of lovely meals and family chit chat is had there as it’s such an awesome space! I love how you displayed your chipping boards and the little chalk board sign (hehehe)!!

    • Denise Bryant says:

      Thanks Sam…..and you would be sitting around the table with us….my blogging BFF 🙂

  8. Leanna says:

    Hi Denise. Your kitchen is so full of fun farmhouse items. I love the who cut the cheese wire basket. I laughed when I saw it. You also have some beautiful vintage aluminum canisters that are perfect for farmhouse style. Lots of simple and easy to do farmhouse ideas in this post.

    Great job.

  9. Jessica says:

    Such great ideas to get the farmhouse look and you are right, a few things go along way and you can remove as your style changes! I created a blog post with the top essentials for creating the modern farmhouse style we’ve been seeing emerge.

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